“This is the dream! It’s conflict and it’s compromised, it’s very, very exciting.”
La La Land’s groundbreaking feat at the Golden Globes made it a subject of curiosity and anticipation, and after seeing it, we now understand why It deserved every award. Directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land harnesses the tropes of all the classic musicals without going stale, as it combines modern and refreshing elements.
A Tale For Two With Quite A View
Mia (Stone) and Sebastian (Gosling) are two people who are both trying to make ends meet in the glamourous world of Hollywood. Mia is an aspiring actress who tries to keep the dream alive despite numerous failed auditions, while Sebastian is a passionate Jazz pianist, who’s going around the circuit to save the music that he loves. Set in modern Los Angeles, La La Land follows the intertwined lives of our two characters and explores how they cope with the dreamy illusion of Hollywood.
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The style of the whole film is so nostalgic, but at the same time, it’s also a breath of fresh air.
The Formula + The Chemistry = A Dreamy Concoction
The last time we saw Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone together in a movie was in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad. Watching them on screen, we knew that they had something special when cast together, but after watching this film? We thought this was a whole new level. There’s something quirky and mystical about them as their characters, Sebastian and Mia. We have to give Director Damien Chazelle mad props for developing such colorful characters, and also to the actors themselves, especially Emma Stone, who showcased her maturity as an actress.
Director Damien Chazelle might have had a lot of fun developing Ryan Gosling’s character since he was a former musician himself; he was a jazz drummer.
As a musical, La La Land smoothly combines all the elements of the classics. For avid fans, you’ll be reminded of french director, Jacques Demy, and his 60’s style, parti-colored palette. The song and dance numbers are well-choreographed and conceptualized. The movie pays a lot of tribute to musicals such as Singin’ in The Rain, Cabaret, and even a bit of Grease (The good parts of Grease, ok?). La La Land doesn’t lose itself, despite all of the tropes that it incorporated, as a matter of fact, it enhances itself with these honors.
The movie also showcases the different sides of Los Angeles. It’s set in a modern time, but the costumes, the concept of some scenes, and the characters themselves play with the different eras of Hollywood; from the roaring 20’s to the decadent 80’s.
The musical sense of this film only increases with supporting cast members such as John Legend, and Ex Machina actress and ballet dancer, Sonoya Mizuno (not shown in picture).
La La Land encompasses everything in a great musical and a great story. This movie is much like the Jazz music that Sebastian loves with a passion; rather than following a scale, it plays around it to give the listener (or in our case the viewer) a good kick of excitement. For a fresh effort, we’ll give La La Land 5/5 movie stars!
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